Chris Norby and the Dark Side

Yesterday the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in a 4-1 partisan Republican vote decided to do nothing more than pass a sham resolution in response to the apparent attempt by Republican Congressional candidate Tan Nguyen to suppress Latino voting in central Orange County.

Despite offers by two affected candidates (Daucher & Correa running for State Senate) and the Orange County Employees Association to cover the costs of a corrective mailer from the Registrar of Voters, the Republican Board majority decided to do nothing to protect the integrity of the vote in central OC. These guys had their trumped up reasons of course. First it was the cost and when that issue became moot they claimed that it wasn’t the place of the Registrar of Voters to respond to false campaign mailings.

Someone named “Publius” posted on our blog yesterday:

“It is the duty of the County Elections officer (Registrar of Voters) to provide an impediment-free environment that encourages all eligible citizens to cast a ballot.”

Tan Nguyen’s fraudulent and misleading mailing was much more than a false campaign mailing. It was a direct and deliberate attempt to impede the free environment that encourages all citizens to cast a ballot on Election Day. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for ensuring that Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley carries out his responsibilities in a non-partisan manner.

Rather than carry out that duty, the Board directly acted in a partisan, and from my perspective a possibly racist, way to stop Registrar Neal Kelley from doing his job. If a Democrat had sent Tan Nguyen’s letter to Republican voters, they would be all over correcting the record. But because the letter targeted Democrat, minority, Latino, immigrant voters it is apparently none of the County’s business to respond and passed it off to the Republican Secretary of State.

I’ve got to ask why did these guys not want to handle the matter here in OC?

I cannot speak to the possibility of motivations other than partisan, on the part of Supervisors Campbell, Silva, and Wilson. However, I can speak to evidence of racist, or at least anti-Latino, motivations on the part of Supervisor Chris Norby.

Attorney H. Bryan Card pointed me in the direction of the sexual harassment case of Pamela Mokler against Chris Norby from 2005. In a sworn testimony on March 7, 2005 Ms. Mokler claimed that Supervisor Norby had said to her on one occasion when she was discussing outreach programs targeting Latino seniors “Why the f##k do you have to do something special for Mexicans?

In testimony under oath, Norby admitted to the “Mexicans” statement but denied dropping the F-Bomb.

So I am not surprised by Chris Norby’s desire to ignore voter suppression directed at Latinos? It is part of his overall pattern of behavior, and his very nature. Supervisor Norby has consistently opposed outreach to minority communities, and his actions, or in this case inaction, is just more of the same. Chris Norby is just another poster boy, along with Tan Nguyen, Assemblyman Chuck Devore, Councilman Bob Hernandez, former State Republican Chairman Shawn Steel, and others for the Dark Side of the Republican Party of Orange County.

Most Republicans I know personally are not right-wing- nut job racists. Unfortunately, Republicans in TheOC keep electing these people as leaders in their party.

As the saying goes…

You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the company they keep.

Supervisor Norby, you should be ashamed of yourself. Supervisors Campbell, Wilson and Silva, you have no excuse for your actions and should be equally ashamed.

For my part, I am embarrassed for my county that the four of you represent the majority view on our County Board of Supervisors.

  8 comments for “Chris Norby and the Dark Side

  1. Anonymous
    October 25, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    chris norby is a communist just like tan!

  2. OC Dem
    October 25, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    I keep hearing that Norby is intelligent. I keep waiting to see it.

    All I’ve seen so far is his keen knowledge of high school mascots.

    That’s real important information.

  3. October 25, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    1. I don’t know anything about Norby, but another explanation is that he doesn’t believe in Gramscism.

    2. The McPherson letter in effect endorses the agendas of the far-left racial power groups whose logos are as big as the CA state seal. One of those groups (MALDEF) is in a new coalition that has three other groups in it that have links to the Mexican government. One of the other groups (National_Council_of_The_Race) has links to and funds extremists.

    3. And, remember how the letter claimed that a voter match system was being developed, and how the MSM said there was no such thing? How do they explain this? I haven’t read that whole thing, but that certainly seems to fit the bill, yet the MSM definitively told us there was no such thing.

  4. October 25, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    “chris norby is a communist just like tan!”

    Excuse me, Anon 3:25, while I jump out my window to join the flying pigs!

    “The McPherson letter in effect endorses the agendas of the far-left racial power groups whose logos are as big as the CA state seal.”

    Lonewacko, you really are nuts. We’re talking about reassuring LEGAL VOTERS that they can vote… The 14,000+ targeted voters are NATURALIZED CITIZENS. There’s also no tracking system tat the government shares with anti-immigrant groups such as CCIR…
    Perhaps you’d like to go with Tan to seek mental health treatment.

    oc dem, thanks for posting here earlier… It’s nice to see other sane people talk about Tan-gate in a sane manner.

  5. The Message
    October 26, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    You insult the Sith. What did they ever do to you that they deserve to be compared to Chris Norby?

  6. Pingback: The Liberal OC
  7. July 11, 2007 at 7:20 am

    TO WHOM: I known and worked with Chris Norby for 15 years at Brea Olinda High and saw him on a daily basis; we had adjoining classrooms and I never, ever heard him be racist or use a curse word…ever!

  8. steve halstenson
    September 20, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I just saw all the comments on Chris Norby and the court ruling. The accusations against Chris were very weak! I am 55 years old, related to Chris, and know him very well. I have NEVER HEARD HIM SWEAR,and I can say without doubt the accusations are not true.. Chris is very involved with people and loves helping them any way he can. People who are active and involved are easy targets ,and this is a case of someone just getting lucky and having an easily persuaded jury. If anyone doubts Chris,check out his track record,the truth is never wrong! The woman should buy a lottery ticket with her winnings!

Comments are closed.